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Presidents Of Bosnia, Croatia, Yugoslavia Meet In Sarajevo

Sarajevo, 15 July 2002 (RFE/RL) -- The first trilateral meeting of the presidents of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia since the 1990s Balkans wars will take place today in Sarajevo. The meeting will gather members of Bosnia's tripartite presidency -- Muslim member Beriz Belkic, Serb Zivko Radisic, and Croat Jozo Krizanovic -- as well as Croatian President Stipe Mesic and Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica. The Bosnian presidency has described the summit as "one of the most important events" since that country's 1992-95 war.

Security in Sarajevo is tight ahead of the summit. NATO-led peacekeepers have set up checkpoints on roads leading into the Bosnian capital. Bosnian television reported that SFOR troops were stopping and inspecting mainly buses and trucks but also some private cars entering the city yesterday.

The leaders are expected to discuss ways to improve cooperation -- particularly in trade -- as well as problems such as organized crime, illegal migration, and the fate of missing people.